By: Joshua Glenn
November 14, 2021

The world premiere of Vin Liota’s documentary Objects — at the DOCNYC 2021 festival — is today. If you’re in NYC, I encourage you to attend…

As previously mentioned, in the summer of 2015, Rob Walker and I met up in a Central Square thrift shop to be filmed by Liota — who was inspired (in part) by our book Significant Objects, as well as my earlier book Taking Things Seriously, to make a documentary exploring how certain objects can help people “preserve memories, conjure experiences, and find meaning in their lives.” Rob and I appear in one or two scenes.

In-person screening:
November 14th at the Cinépolis Chelsea
260 W 23rd St, New York, NY

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Vin, Executive Producer Sally Roy, and film subjects Robert Krulwich (the NPR science correspondent) and Heidi Julavits (the author).

Can’t make it to the city? You can stream it from Nov. 15 – Nov. 28.

Tickets for both venues here.

See the trailer.

Here’s DOCNYC’s blurb:

A fifty-year-old clump of grass, a sweater that once belonged to a French actress, and a forty-year-old sugar egg have become emotional treasures for the unique characters in Vincent Liota’s endearing, entertaining, and existential film. An NPR correspondent, a literary author, and a graphic designer let us in on the secret life of the special objects they keep to preserve memories, conjure experiences, and find meaning in their lives.

You can find out more about the film here.